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Keyhole announces summer fun for June

Looking for some outdoors family fun this summer? Keyhole State Park has announced plenty of programs for the rest of the month, from night hikes to nature walks. Explore the park by night with the night hike series, which tun from 7 to 8:30 p.m....

 

Drought conditions lifting – at least for now

As we transition into summer, Crook County is starting to see a little more badly needed moisture than it has for many months. In fact, this county experienced the fourteenth wettest April on record, with 1.24 extra inches of precipitation. The year...

 

Hunter Education begins soon

A Wyoming Game and Fish Department authorized and approved Hunter Education Class is scheduled in Sundance. Even if you never hunt, the class provides students of all ages valuable information about firearm and archery safety, wildlife management,...

 

Fishing derby June 4

The annual kids’ fishing derby, sponsored by Sundance Rod and Gun Club, will be held on Sat., June 4 at Sundance Pond for kids age 13 and under. Registration starts at noon and fishing will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Hot dogs and soda will be served and...

 

WSG Hulett Youth Field Day June 4

The Wyoming Sportsman Group Hulett Youth Field Day is an anticipated annual event drawing over 100 youth and their families from northeast Wyoming and surrounding states to participate in outdoor...

 

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds and seasonal gates scheduled to open

Black Hills National Forest campgrounds are scheduled to open Friday, May 13 and seasonal gates will all be open Monday, May 16, 2022. The Forest offers 30 campgrounds with more than 680 individual sites. Many of the campgrounds are operated by a...

 

Use of exploding targets illegal on the Black Hills National Forest

While recreational shooting is allowed, it is unlawful to shoot at or use exploding targets anywhere on the Black Hills National Forest. A regional closure order prohibits the use of exploding targets on National Forest System Lands. The order...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 5.3 1.6 0.2 0.0 800 Blind Park Snotel 6870 1.0 0.6 0.3 0.3 200 Cole...

 

Public asked to report groups of dead birds

Wyoming Game & Fish has now detected cases of bird flu in wild birds within this state. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI, commonly known as bird flu) was already known to be affecting back yard poultry in Wyoming. The national outbreak has...

 

Prescribed fire planned at Devils Tower National Monument

"The staff at Devils Tower National Monument are planning to conduct a prescribed burn to restore the natural process of fire to the ecosystem and reduce the build-up of dead and dried fuels," announced Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski. The fire...

 

Hearts of gold

Despite snow and frigid temperatures, the first annual "Heart of Gold" livestock show was held March 30 at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Sundance. Participants from Sundance Elementary learned...

 

Scouting for information

Established last fall, a new collaborative covering the northeast of Wyoming is looking to improve outdoor recreation in this area – and needs your help for its first steps towards doing so. The Northeast Wyoming Outdoor Recreation Collaborative (N...

 

UW Extension to host invasive grass, weed workshops in Gillette, Sheridan, Sundance

Workshops about invasive grasses and weeds are scheduled in early May in Gillette, Sheridan and Sundance. Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, the free public workshops – all covering the...

 

Recreationists asked to help protect bats from white-nose syndrome

Wyoming Game and Fish is asking cavers, climbers and explorers to clean their shoes and gear both before and after visiting caves after white-nose syndrome (WNS) was identified for the first time in Carbon and Platte counties. WNS, a disease that...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-Year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 0 0 1.1 0 0 Blind Park Snotel 6870 2 1 7 4.3 14 Cole Canyon...

 

Fire season is here

Unless the long-term weather forecast undergoes a pretty dramatic change, 2022 is shaping up to be another potentially dangerous fire season. Fire Warden Doug Leis is warning Crook County citizens to take care when burning slash piles even now, and...

 
 By Stephen Dow    Outdoors    March 31, 2022

Hunting Wyoming's rarest animals now easier for residents

SHERIDAN — Starting in July, Wyoming hunters will have increased chances to hunt the big five game animals in Wyoming: moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bison and grizzly bears. During its recently completed session, the Wyoming Legislature...

 

Flocking together

It's a nice day for a stroll along North 3rd St for this band of turkeys on the hunt for the first springtime forage....

 

Rare visitor

Tessa Garman and her sister, Taylor were greeted by this rare visitor to the feed ground Monday night, Mar. 14, as they made their way out to the cows....

 

Devils Tower National Monument transitioning to cashless fee collection

Beginning April 1, 2022, Devils Tower National Monument will be accepting entrance fee payments via card and digital payments only. Reducing cash collected in fee operations allows a park unit to be a better steward of our visitor’s dollars. It...

 

Public meetings set for this year's hunting regs

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will once again be holding public open houses around the county this month to discuss the proposed hunting seasons for 2022. Meetings are scheduled in both...

 

Muley Fanatic banquet sells out

The Muley Fanatic Foundation welcomed almost 200 people to its live banquet this year, raising thousands of dollars for the local chapter of the organization. The proceeds will be used for the Muleys’ goals to support wildlife and habitat in this a...

 

Bearlodge isolated parcels hazardous fuels reduction project

The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to reduce fire hazard on isolated National Forest parcels adjacent to the western edge of the Bear Lodge Mountains. High fuel loading on these parcels poses a risk to surrounding lands and communities....

 

Bullish on the weather

A pair of bull elk soak in a bit of warm morning sun as they lazily graze along Highway 116 south of Sundance during last week's frigid weather....

 

Forest Service plans spruce management project

The U.S. Forest Service is looking to introduce a forest-wide project to increase resiliency by diversifying the tree species within the Black Hills National Forest (BHNF). The Public has until March 24 to submit comments regarding the proposal....

 

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